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by Medsport Medsport, LPN (Member) Member

Medsport has 7 years experience as a LPN.

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I'm starting my last semester last week for the LPN program. I'm going to have clinicals 2 days for a month then precepting for a month. I'm kind of nervous as I've only had 1 patient so far and now I hear we'll have multiple patients and basically do the nurses job depending on your ability. I have'nt had a chance to do alot of the procedures yet. Anyway, theres a patient care technician position open in a local hospital. All they have left is 1 contingency position and I'm not sure if I should apply. They say you can say yes or no when they call, but I know if you say no too much they won't call anymore and I don't really have alot of free time and don't want to work 3rd. I'm currently working part-time at a factory, but may take a voluntary lay-off next month, so I wonder if I should apply or wait to apply to a part-time position when one comes up. My gf is going to an interview today for the position, so she may get it even though she would rather work in another town closer to where she lives. She says I should start sending out resumes and apply now before we are done like she is. I kind of want to wait and see if I can handle the "real" clinicals next week, but not sure. What do you guys think?

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Daytonite has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt.

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i say wait until next week and see how you do handling your clinicals. getting through school has to be your number one concern.

when it comes to getting hired after graduation, i want you to know this because i was a manager who hired many new grads: facilities and managers know (unless they are new to management or have been living under rocks) that new grads do not have much experience at all in doing most procedures. even if they worked as a pct there is still a great deal that you won't have been able to get practice at. nursing school teaches you the basics and sets you off on your way. it's up to you to have the gumption to step forward, do procedures and master them when you get hired into a job. the procedures that you will end up mastering are dependent on the type of nursing unit you work on and the kind of patients you will be treating. there will be many procedures that you may never get to do in your entire career as an lpn. giving medications and organizing your time is going to be a big part of your new lpn status. you can't give medications as a pct and organizing your time is an ongoing process that never ends. so, don't let this idea that you didn't get enough practice doing procedures be a worry to you when it comes time to look for your first job as an lpn. what's more important is how you approach and solve this when you find yourself at a job and haven't had experience in doing a particular procedure. all new grads are in the same boat, including your gf, believe me. a lot of the experience that a pct gets depends on what kind of nursing unit they are working on and what kind of patients are walking through the doors on any particular day.

but, you should start applying for a hospital lpn job two to three months before you graduate. watch your local newspapers for any announcements of job fairs. also, you can access this website to find Nursing Jobs in the area where you live: http://nursingspectrum.com/. by the week of graduation all the good hospital jobs will have been taken. having been a pct or a stna is not a requirement to getting hired as an lpn or rn, do you hear me? and, if you are worried about this, pick up the phone right now and talk with a nurse recruiter at any hospital near you about getting a job with their facility when you graduate. ask what they want to see in the way of experience on the application of a new graduate lpn. they'll tell you.

trust me, even with a brand spanking new lpn or rn license in your hand, you are still going to be in an intense state of learning for at least a year afterward, even those who worked as pcts.

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